An effective feedback loop between cell-cell contact duration and morphogen signaling determines cell fate

V. Barone, M. Lang, G. Krens, S. Pradhan, S. Shamipour, K. Sako, M.K. Sikora, C.C. Guet, C.-P.J. Heisenberg, Developmental Cell 43 (2017) 198–211.

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Abstract
Cell-cell contact formation constitutes an essential step in evolution, leading to the differentiation of specialized cell types. However, remarkably little is known about whether and how the interplay between contact formation and fate specification affects development. Here, we identify a positive feedback loop between cell-cell contact duration, morphogen signaling, and mesendoderm cell-fate specification during zebrafish gastrulation. We show that long-lasting cell-cell contacts enhance the competence of prechordal plate (ppl) progenitor cells to respond to Nodal signaling, required for ppl cell-fate specification. We further show that Nodal signaling promotes ppl cell-cell contact duration, generating a positive feedback loop between ppl cell-cell contact duration and cell-fate specification. Finally, by combining mathematical modeling and experimentation, we show that this feedback determines whether anterior axial mesendoderm cells become ppl or, instead, turn into endoderm. Thus, the interdependent activities of cell-cell signaling and contact formation control fate diversification within the developing embryo.
Publishing Year
Date Published
2017-10-23
Journal Title
Developmental Cell
Volume
43
Issue
2
Page
198 - 211
ISSN
IST-REx-ID

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Barone V, Lang M, Krens G, et al. An effective feedback loop between cell-cell contact duration and morphogen signaling determines cell fate. Developmental Cell. 2017;43(2):198-211. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2017.09.014
Barone, V., Lang, M., Krens, G., Pradhan, S., Shamipour, S., Sako, K., … Heisenberg, C.-P. J. (2017). An effective feedback loop between cell-cell contact duration and morphogen signaling determines cell fate. Developmental Cell, 43(2), 198–211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2017.09.014
Barone, Vanessa, Moritz Lang, Gabriel Krens, Saurabh Pradhan, Shayan Shamipour, Keisuke Sako, Mateusz K Sikora, Calin C Guet, and Carl-Philipp J Heisenberg. “An Effective Feedback Loop between Cell-Cell Contact Duration and Morphogen Signaling Determines Cell Fate.” Developmental Cell 43, no. 2 (2017): 198–211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2017.09.014.
V. Barone et al., “An effective feedback loop between cell-cell contact duration and morphogen signaling determines cell fate,” Developmental Cell, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 198–211, 2017.
Barone V, Lang M, Krens G, Pradhan S, Shamipour S, Sako K, Sikora MK, Guet CC, Heisenberg C-PJ. 2017. An effective feedback loop between cell-cell contact duration and morphogen signaling determines cell fate. Developmental Cell. 43(2), 198–211.
Barone, Vanessa, et al. “An Effective Feedback Loop between Cell-Cell Contact Duration and Morphogen Signaling Determines Cell Fate.” Developmental Cell, vol. 43, no. 2, Cell Press, 2017, pp. 198–211, doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2017.09.014.

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